By Niyi Tabiti
The Ijebu people of Ogun State, South West, Nigeria are already preparing for their popular Ojude Oba festival.This year's edition has been slated to hold on Wednesday 10 December 2008.Every year the colour event attracts Ijebu sons and daughters from different parts of the Nigeria and other parts of the world usually attend the event.
The age grade societies such as Bobagunte, Bobagunwa,Bobakeye (The Governor of Ogun State,Otunba Gbenga Daniel and fuji musician,King Wasiu Ayinde Anifowoshe belong to this group) would spice up the events with their colourful dresses and show off (Ijebu for show) . The Oloroguns and Baloguns of Ijebuland would ride usually ride on horses in style to the palace of Oba Sikiru Adetona,the Awujale of Ijebuland.
Other activities lined up include the ikokore and ebiripo night and beauty pageant. The Chairman of the 2008 Ojude Oba planning commitee, Chief Fassy Adetokunbo Yusuf reveal at a press conference that their would good security measures put in place.He urged all Ijebu sons and daughters to promote their cultural heritage.
The major sponsors of the event are Globacom, headed by Nigerian born billionaire,Otunba Mike Adenuga (He is a cousin to the the Awujale), First City Monument Bank (FCMB) owned by Otunba Subomi Balogun, a prominent figure in the acient town.Other sponsors include Maltina.
The awujale of Ijebuland ascended the thrown of his forefathers in 1960 at the age of 26 ( At that time, his parents were still alive).Today, he is one of the most respected kings in Nigeria.Ijebu people (Omo Alare) are known to be successful in different fields of human endeavour and they can be found in different parts of the people.
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